Kwara State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, expressed concerns over the inherent dangers in the sale and consumption of cooking gas without close monitoring and supervision by appropriate regulatory government agencies.
In a resolution on a motion on the urgent need for a mechanism to regulate the sale and handling of cooking gas, the House resolved among others that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq direct the state Ministries of Health and Environment, to liaise with the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to ensure effective and efficient monitoring and regulation of sales of the product in the state.
The House also asked the governor to direct the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development, to put in place strategic policies to check the proliferation of cooking gas sale outlets in the state.
The legislature further advised the governor to direct the Ministry of Communications to embark on a massive public sensitisation campaign on the dangers inherent in the mishandling and undue long term exposure to cooking gas.
Aliyu Wahab Opakunle, who moved the motion, expressed concern that the rise in the use of cooking gas in recent times was astronomical with the inherent dangers without proper, close monitoring and supervision.
He said households, food vendors at open event places, moving vehicles, hostels, offices, markets and hospitals among others, have all embraced the use of gas for cooking but warned that it remains a flammable mixture, containing propane and Butane, both as a gas and vapour.